Depressed Goat Ends 6-Day Hunger Strike After Donkey BFF Reunion

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 10:50 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A depressed goat was reunited with his best friend, a burro donkey, this week after reportedly refusing to eat for six days.

The goat, Mr. G, and the donkey, Jellybean, were recently rescued from a hoarder's home in Northern California where the two had been living in squalor with various other farm animals and dozens of dogs for a decade, reported.

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Following their rescue, the two were placed in separate animal sanctuaries in the Golden State. As a result, a "depressed" Mr. G refused to eat anything for six days.

In addition to the hunger strike, workers at the farm animal rescue sanctuary Animal Place also noticed the depressed goat would rarely leave the corner of his enclosure despite staff members' attempts to entice him with apples and other sweet fruit.

The burro donkey also reportedly showed signs of depression after being separated from his pal.

"Animal control said he was raised with a burro and they were best friends. And when they were separated, the burro really brayed and cried a lot, and we said oh my God, maybe he’s suffering from depression at the loss of his friend," Jan Galeazzi of the Animal Place told CBS News San Francisco affiliate KPIX.

The two were finally reunited this week, much to the goat's delight.

"When Jellybean entered Mr. G’s stall, he could not believe his eyes. In fact, he did a double-take! It was only when he smelled Jellybean's unique scent that Mr. G realized the truth — his dearest friend had returned!" Animal Place wrote on its website.

"Mr. G erupted from his prone position, snorting and inhaling Jellybean's presence. He rushed after her into their outdoor pasture. The magical moment came when Mr. G began eating from Jellybean's bowl!" the animal sanctuary continued.

The pair's reunion was captured in video below.

Within minutes of the reunion, Mr. G was reportedly eating again and back to his old self. The pair are said to be enjoying their time together as they begin a new chapter of their lives in their sunny Northern California animal sanctuary.

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